Health of Black or African American non-Hispanic Population

Data are for the U.S.

Live births
  • Number of births: 548,075
  • Births per 1,000 women aged 15-44: 61.4

Source: Births: Final Data for 2019 pdf icon[PDF]

Health status
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over in fair or poor health: 20.2%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

  • Percent of children under age 18 in fair or poor health: 3.7%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

Smoking
  • Percent of men aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 19.0% (2016-2018)
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 12.2% (2016-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 19 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Obesity
  • Percent of men aged 20 and over with obesity: 38.7% (2015-2018)
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with obesity: 55.9% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 26 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Hypertension
  • Percent of men aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 56.8% (2015-2018)
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 57.6% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 22 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage
  • Percent of adults aged 18–64 without health insurance coverage: 14.3%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

  • Percent of children under age 18 without health insurance coverage: 3.3%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

Mortality
  • Number of deaths: 348,761
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 806.6

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER

Leading causes of death
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2019) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: May 7, 2021